Bob Roberts wrote:I'm likewise puzzled. I've been expecting a banner year for the Carolinian FY2018.NJTSmurf wrote: ... the Carolinian ... almost every time the train is sold out. (It's usually pretty full going across the Virginia/NC border, but there is definitely a lot of VA only traffic) ... I'd assume the easiest thing to do is add another coach car? ... not sure where the Amfleet would come from ...Consist size on the Carolinian has been limited by the length of the layover siding in Charlotte. NCDOT is about midway through construction of a larger facility a couple miles miles west of the current siding (ARRA funded) that should be opened within the next year. An additional Amfleet (or two) should push the train into the profitable category -- so I am genuinely puzzled about the talk of route extension.
* New facility in Charlotte.
* New station in Raleigh.
* Upgraded the shared Piedmont segment Raleigh-Charlotte (eliminating many grade crossings, easing curves, etc) taking 20 or 30 minutes out of the run time, to allow an earlier return to Charlotte and a sleep-later departure.
* Adding another Piedmont frequency, making a stronger corridor for every train using it.
A broadus or two from Virginia:
* A Stimulus grant is paying to add a third or fourth track on a short stretch near Quantico between D.C. and Richmond, aiming to chop 10 minutes out of that schedule.
* Virginia is paying for some time-saving tweaks between Richmond and Petersburg to prepare for the second Norfolk train coming next year.
With all this good stuff happening, FY2018 is looking great for the Carolinian, so who needs New Haven? LOL.